|>>>"I am still wondering why a new PC cannot be fitted with an old operating system, and if there would be a performance increase. Has anyone tried to install Windows95 or 98 on a new Pentium 4 or higher PC ????"<<<|
It's not an issue of whether or not it will work (it likely would). It's more an issue of both Win95/98 not having much in the way of driver, software or security updates. Not being a smarta**, but if you don't mind working with older software on a new machine that:
1. May not be able to have sound or better than 16 (maybe only 2) colors in Win95/98.
2. Doesn't have or will never have a SATA drive, or IDE drives beyond a certain capacity (or other new technologies that will come along).
3. Is never connected to the internet or a network, or uses floppies or any other shared software (it'd be wide open to various malware)...
4. Would need to be "tweaked" to utilize more than 256MB of RAM (and much beyond 256 would be unnoticable; there'd likely be problems beyond 1GB---and DOS would never utilize more than 64MB)
5. Would likely never have much new software applications written for it and updates for the existing OS would never occur and applications updates would be few or non-existant.
then go right ahead...